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WBIR-TV

I have worked at WBIR-TV, the NBC affiliate and #1 rated station in the Knoxville market, since 2008. I began in the summer as an intern and that work led to a part-time position as the weekend content coordinator and week-in-review show producer immediately following in August 2008.

I moved to full-time producing in April 2009. I have experience with nearly every newscast the station produces. I started out with the weekend morning newscast for nearly two years. Since then, I have produced the 6 p.m. newscast primarily, although I also produce the hour-long 5 p.m. newscast and hour-long 4 p.m. feature show on a regular basis.

I frequently assist with maintaining our station’s website and posting social media updates, monitoring scanners for developing news and gathering information for reporting in breaking news and non-breaking news situations.

I also was recently added to our weekend on-call manager rotation. I assist our weekend crews with our Saturday and Sunday coverage plans, provide editorial oversight and direction, monitor newscasts and help with breaking news situations as needed.

Over the past few years, I’ve also had the privilege of working on a number of special projects. Those projects include overseeing the 6-month weekly driving safety series, “Rules of the Road”; a Knoxville mayoral debate and a town hall on the dangers of underage drinking.

Here are some examples of my work:

Web articles

Social media updates

Special projects

Chick-fil-A

I started working at Chick-fil-A – Kingston Overlook in July 2003 as a team member. It was my first “real” job other than babysitting. I quickly promoted, advancing to shift manager in December 2004 at the age of 17. At the time, I was the second youngest manager in the history of that particular restaurant location.

In my role as shift manager, I coordinated people and positions to run the restaurant effectively, prepared food, assisted customers, cleaned any surface in the restaurant, handled catering orders, dealt with customer complaints and praise and handled employee disciplinary action for inappropriate behavior exhibited during my watch when necessary.

I also coordinated a weekly restaurant quality assessment program, assisted with training brand-new employees and continual education training for seasoned employees, organized and created a checklist system for daily and weekly cleaning tasks, and counted deposits.

I left Chick-fil-A in August 2008, at the start of my senior year of college, after a summer internship at WBIR-TV turned into an opportunity to begin a part-time job in the career I wanted to pursue in my chosen field of study.

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